Burn Diary

By (author): Joshua Chris Bouchard

In Burn Diary, Joshua Chris Bouchard’s debut collection, the reader is immersed in a dark and visceral world, which is both natural and deeply unnatural. Violence walks beside the reader, but so do moments of grace, whether it’s in the echo of a loon call in the evening, or the sight of a friend’s cancer scar and the gift of ice cream. These are unapologetic, gritty poems, which explore the impact of physical and emotional trauma in tightly stretched lines and propel the reader ever forward. There is courage here, and honesty, and energy, and a new, unforgettable, poetic voice.

AUTHOR

Joshua Chris Bouchard

Joshua Chris Bouchard is the author of Let This Be the End of Me (Bad Books Press), which was shortlisted for the 2019 bpNichol Chapbook Award. He wrote or co-wrote five chapbooks, and his poetry appears in Event, CV2, Carousel, Poetry Is Dead, PRISM international, Arc, The Ex-Puritan and more.


Reviews

Wool Water records how humans grapple with landscapes either inconvenient or inhospitable, and in a way that makes readers – visually cut-off from his experiences – marvel from their armchairs.”


– Dead Letter Birds

“I appreciate Bouchard’s work in part because I don’t think that kind of safe, well-adjusted approach is in him as a writer. But more importantly, I appreciate it because it’s good. Portraits is the best chapbook In/Words has published in several years.”


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In Burn Diary, Joshua Chris Bouchard’s debut collection, the reader is immersed in a dark and visceral world, which is both natural and deeply unnatural. Violence walks beside the reader, but so do moments of grace, whether it’s in the echo of a loon call in the evening, or the sight of a friend’s cancer scar and the gift of ice cream. These are unapologetic, gritty poems, which explore the impact of physical and emotional trauma in tightly stretched lines and propel the reader ever forward. There is courage here, and honesty, and energy, and a new, unforgettable, poetic voice.

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Details

Dimensions:

92 Pages
8.5in * 5.75in * 0.25in
200gr

Published:

October 03, 2023

City of Publication:

Hamilton

Country of Publication:

CA

ISBN:

9781989496732

Book Subjects:

POETRY / Canadian

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Language:

eng

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